OK. So I upgraded to Mac OS X Tiger last night, at work and at home. And while it’s probably a bit early for me to offer anything in the way of a review, a couple of things jumped out at me right away.
By far, my favorite feature right now is the Dashboard and its widgets. I spent some time last night downloading widgets I think might come in handy. I’m not sure which ones are my favorites yet. I’ll have to spend some time using them before I can say.
I’m impressed with the improvements in Mail too; enough that I’m giving it a test run as my default email program. For starters, it looks more like other email programs, now that mailboxes, etc., are on fixed on the left side of the window instead of in a “drawer” on the right. Second, I love the new “smart mailboxes” that work much like the smart playlists in iTunes. You can organize your email and make things easier to find without having to sort it into folders, or do a search everytime you want to find something. (The smart mailboxes, though, are driven by the new Spotlight feature, which is one I haven’t specifically tried out yet.)
Then there’s the new Safari, probalby my only complaint about Tiger. Despite the new features, I’m still somewhat underwhelmed with it. For starters, WordPress acts very weired in the new Safari. I lost my formatting buttons in the posting screen, and the quick tags or “hot keys” don’t work either. Finally, I don’t find it all that fast. Three times this morning I had to quit and restart Safari in order to load anything, and forget loading two or more tabs simulaneously. Thus, I’m writing this post using Firefox.
I need a good, dependable, user friendly RSS reader. I also tried using Safari’s new RSS function, which has some nice features, but I’ve found there no good way of getting the 200+ RSS feeds I monitor daily into Safari—thatis, other than manually, and I don’t have time for that. (It is impressive, however, for an OS to ship with an RSS reader.) So, again it’s back to Firefox and the Sage plugin. For what I need, I haven’t found a better browser than Firefox. That still doesn’t quite deal with my need to monitor a large number of RSS feeds from (at least) two different computers. So, it may be time to go back to Bloglines, or find some other online RSS service. At this point, I might even be willing to pay for it.